Have you ever thought about just how rich an archeological site Manhattan can be? How about those 65,000 artifacts that were recovered during the dig before the new South Ferry subway station was constructed?
Included in the finds were some wonderful examples of early Dutch and British colonial potter, much of which was actually imported from their respective home countries. Finds have included roof tiles, cooking pots, pipes, and other items. A hundred of these finds are included in an exhibition at the New York Transit Museum's Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal.
Director of special projects for the New York Transit Museum, Roxanne Robertson says, "This is an important exhibit for those with an interest in how seeing clay as a raw material was transformed into beautiful and functioning objects dating back to the 1600s. It is also a visual treat to see the intricate old-world craftsmanship and makers marks that still holds their beauty to this day. This exhibit is in part, a tribute to the staying power of the clay as a viable medium and to the craft of creating household, industrial and artistic ceramic objects."
And we can see them! First, if you can, go see them in person. "Where New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal" will be on public exhibition through July 5, 2010 at the New York Transit Museum's Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal. Admission is free.
If you can't make it to New York City, you can still see a just few items of the 100 in the exhibit. Just go to "Historical Pottery in New York."